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Name: Kovacic, William
Current Position: Former Chairman
William E. Kovacic has served as chairman of the Federal Trade Commission since March 30, 2008 until March 2009. Kovacic received a BA from Princeton University in 1974. He spent one year on the majority staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which was chaired by Senator Philip A. Hart, and then earned a JD from Columbia University in 1978.
Kovacic worked at the Federal Trade Commission from 1979 to 1983, first with the Bureau of Competition’s Planning Office and later as an attorney advisor to former Commissioner George W. Douglas. He then worked as an associate with the Washington, DC, office of Bryan Cave, where he practiced in the firm’s antitrust and government contracts departments. He joined the George Mason University School of Law in 1986.
Kovacic was the E.K. Gubin Professor of Government Contracts Law at George Washington University Law School, where he began to teach in 1999, and the FTC’s general counsel from 2001 through the end of 2004.
Since 1992, Kovacic has served as an adviser on antitrust and consumer protection issues to the governments of Armenia, Benin, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
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